More women are cheating than ever before, according to new research.

IllicitEncounters.com, the UK’s leading dating website for married people, has revealed a dramatic rise in the number of ladies signing up to do the dirty.

Figures show that over 35% more women registered in 2016 compared to 2010 and as much as 70% more than in 2006.

But is there a pattern, rhyme or reason behind cheating?

In a bid to find out, the site also studied over 2,000 female profiles to see what the average mistress looks like.

It turns out that middle-aged ladies (between 35 and 47) who earn an average of UGX 2,000,000 a year and have got a university degree under their belt are the most likely adulterers.

But why are more lusty ladies looking elsewhere for sex?

A large part of it is down to female empowerment, according to 60% of the 2,000 women polled, who said they realised that they no longer needed to be second-best in their relationship.

Moreover if their marriages hit the rocks, they felt motivated to do something about it.

More importantly women are, on average, earning more money meaning that they aren’t economically reliant on husbands and the threat of divorce isn’t what it once was.

In fact 75% of love rat ladies said they are the main breadwinner in their household.

Christian Grant, the site’s spokesman, said: “Women have evolved far beyond the lonely, stereotypical housewife of 50 years ago.

“While gender pay gap issues still exist, women are earning more money and are more empowered than ever before, meaning that they can comfortably bulldoze past what is the biggest barrier to cheating for so many people.”